By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
After more than 15 months, Killeen has a city manager.
Council members Tuesday unanimously approved the $165,000-a-year contract for Glenn Morrison, who served as interim city manager since Connie Green was fired in March 2011.
The approval came at the end of Tuesday's meeting with little discussion.
Councilman Terry Clark thanked Morrison for enduring "the longest job interview ever" and Morrison's willingness to take on the role of three jobs for the past year. In addition to taking on the responsibilities of the assistant and city manager jobs, Morrison also acted as the director of community services.
Clark was one of three council members who served on an ad hoc committee to negotiate with Morrison on his contract.
"I want to commend Mr. Morrison for the character he's shown during these negotiations," Clark said.
Also on the committee were Councilwoman Elizabeth Blackstone, Councilman Jared Foster, City Attorney Kathy Davis and Director of Human Resources Debbie Maynor. The committee also consulted with an outside attorney.
"I thought it went very well, and I respect the process," Morrison said of the negotiations.
Mayor Dan Corbin said Morrison's salary may be even a little low. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Lower said Morrison's level of pay showed "he was a man of integrity."
Prior to approval, the city attorney reviewed the one-year contract, set to renew automatically if no council action is taken to remove Morrison.
Council members would have to give Morrison at least four-months notice if they decide to let his contract expire without re-approval.
He can be removed if found incompetent, is convicted of a crime, is deemed insubordinate or commits other broadly defined "bad acts," Davis said.
Councilman Jonathan Okray had the most questions about the contract during a workshop. He asked about attorney's fees if Morrison is sued, a portion of the contract's severance clauses and the gross amount of the salary.
Davis told Okray that Morrison's litigation fees would be covered by the city through insurance with the Texas Municipal League should he be sued for an action taken as the city manager. All city employees have similar agreements.
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